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Asomugha not into making comparisons

Nnamdi Asomugha was surprised to learn Friday the Raiders would not be televised locally in their home opener.

“People are probably thinking, you’re playing the Rams, and this is not the Patriots,” Asomugha said. “I don’t understand it. I know the fans want more from us. And we’d like to see that place sold out. It’s tough. It’s tough on both of us.”

Asomugha, along with place kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler, are the only players who could possibly understand. They’ve been around for the entire seven-year death spiral. Asomugha, in fact, arrived in 2003 _ the year it started with a 4-12 season under Bill Callahan.

Based on what you see in comments on this blog as well as other forums, the biggest problem Raiders fans have is the fact that so many of them allow themselves a sense of optimism going into the season, only to have it dashed.

And unlike last year’s 24-20 loss to San Diego, when players and fans could point to the Louis Murphy call and believe their team outplayed the Chargers, they had another one of those even-year splatter jobs like a bug on I-5 windshield.

San Diego in 2006 . . . Denver in 2008 . . . Tennessee in 2010. Granted, Tennessee was different in that it was on the road, but it had that same way-over-by-halftime feel to it. The worst part about those two games is they helped define the season to come. Art Shell’s team gave up 72 sacks and went 2-14. Lane Kiffin got serious about getting himself fired by implying running the defense and lasted only a quarter of the season.

It was suggested to Asomugha that a lot of people feared this team, like those teams, was headed down the same road.

“We’re a different team. When you go through as many seasons as its been, you have to be careful that you don’t lump the seasons in together,” Asomugha said. “You would be doing a disservice to this present team by grouping them in with past teams. And I think that’s the thing that’s going to put us over the hump from what has gone on in the past.

“It’s definitely a more confident team and a more resilient team, so that’s why we’re not as worried about it as much.”

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  • LT DAN

    cable is not good at a lot but hes pretty good at drinking beer

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Mallet a damn good pro

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    # KoolKell Says:
    September 18th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Irregardless of the coach:

    The O-lines stinks every year
    The Run Defense stink every year
    OB play stinks every year
    Lead the league in penalties every year
    They look unprofessional every year

    37% of the league goes to the playoffs every year, yet,
    The Raiders have been to the playoffs 6 times in the last 21 years.
    ——————————-
    Ahhh, the crying game.
    Al eats your tears for nourishment. You are part of his plan for immortality. Long live Al!
    nom, nom, nom,

  • Plunketthead

    I think I will watch the bugeaters play Lockler and Sarkissian

  • Plunketthead

    Kiffin against mighty minnesota sounds dull

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Lol drex……kell is a whining loser and is a SNITCH…..be careful of talking against the old man…he gonna put u under an investigation

  • TerrapinRaider

    man, i dont know if Hue would absolutely make a good hc but he sure sounds more convincing than cable ..like you can actually believe in him

    just watched the presser on raiders.com

  • Plunketthead

    Florida – Tennesee
    I bet Dooley and his convicts whup the Gators

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Gators vs Vols……..good college games on today

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Plunk…..i got huskies to pull upset

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Hoppefully minny pulls upset in the great North

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Think I’ll watch USC/Minn and root for the Gophers, just because I hate Lame Kitten.

    There’s several former Raiders that I hate.

    Kitten is one.

    JaMoron is another.

    But my most hated former Raider of all time…

    Anthony Whoresett.

    A more useless POS has never donned the Silver and Black.

    Anthony Whoresett, my most despised Raider ever !

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Colin Kaepernick = poor man’s Vince Young.

  • Glutten for Punishment

    u want us fans not to feel like we have the last decade Nam????? then blow out the rams like we havnt seen from u all over the last decade

  • hendu

    Al,please shock the NFL and bring Jon Gruden back as head coach.We havent won since you traded him,and how has that worked out? Coach Gruden should retire as a RAIDER,imo Some of us may buy season tickets again,cmon Al Just sayin

  • Plunketthead

    Bugeaters are big and real fast

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Gruden was a good coach. I think he’s an even better announcer. Enjoy him in the booth. Particularly liked his sit downs with the top 4 QB’s of last year’s draft on ESPN. Good stuff.

    Don’t think Jon is coming back to the Raids though. Think it’s more likely he’ll be a college coach. Georgia is a possibility. Mark Richt is a jerk that should be canned. Gruden wants to be near his parents in Florida.

  • r8rwill

    to bring gruden back if possible would eliminate any chance for this season.. gruden is west coast remember, this team and and offensive coaches don’t fit.. jackson would have to go because gruden is the oc on his teams… i loved chuckie too. but,,,,, you know this whole thing could blow over tomorrow if cable reveals his secret plan!!!ROLMAO

  • Nnamdi21

    Rams starting DT is out vs Raiders…

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/ones_to_watch

  • LT DAN

    Our oline needs all they help they can get.

  • hendu

    All Right,in this paper,the new nick name for the Raiders is Silver and Blackouts.Not Funny,sad.I cant think of any player brought in that would change that,however, Jon Gruden as HC could/would,period! IMO As far as west coast offense goes, please,JC checks down ,screens, slants, etc With the coaches on staff, why not?

  • hendu

    Frig it,let me give Al a call, Priesttj,whats the number? RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    bauce?? what happened big dogg?
    didn’t see your email!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Frig it – Asomugha for Head Coach!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Just kiddin’ Tom, I still gotcha’.
    Rebooting the system at this point would be all fupduck.
    Gotta pull it together and stop shooting ourselves in the foot.

  • r8rwill

    hendu
    so you think we could install a whole new playbook mid season and win with it?

  • Bauce 4 Real

    R8eray i did…..my sent mail shoows i sent it to r8eray@yahoo.com……..that was the address right?

  • raiders22

    The Rams left defensive tackle Clifton Ryan (migraines) and cornerback Kevin Dockery hamstring) in St. Louis when they boarded a flight for Oakland Saturday, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Ryan was downgraded from questionable to out, while Dockery went from doubtful to out.

  • hendu

    R8rwill, This is week 2,not mid season.Got youre point though,Im just looking at whats worked,just sick of the last 8 years, AFTER Gruden was traded! Hey,maybe Cable and staff will get us to the playoffs,just believe a better chance with Gruden, thats all

  • hendu

    Oh,I understand its seven losing seasons,but I count Chuckies team ass whipping of our Raiders as well.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Ray?

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Gruden hahahahaha man that was ten years ago…..let it go ppl!

  • Bauce 4 Real

    What the hell has gruden ever shown when it comes to developing young talent?

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Im glad we wont see that lame boring dink n dunk chump offense in Oakland

  • Roch R

    Tomorrow I hope we see more from Campbell tomorrow, I want to see some urgency, some desire. The comparisons to Jim Plunkett this summer were great for nostalgia, but this team needs a QB that compares to Gannon.

    The crowd definitely got to the O-line last week, and you could see the nerves all game on both sides of the ball, but this week we need a little fire, and it has to start with JCampbell.

  • armond

    bauce whattup youngin? my azz was knocked the fugg out about 10 minutes after i posted. cant believe how stupid this hc is. cant even recoginze what his best oline unit is and thats his specialty. why the fugg doesnt he call out carlisle like he does mario? cc gets his azz whupped every other play.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Ppl still whining about Gruden. His style of offense is finished in the NFL

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Carlisle is hella weak Armond! ITS NOT EVEN up for debate

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Why do we need a qb like gannon? Guy wasnt a winner at all

  • armond

    titans was offsides hella times and seymour was held on that 76 yrd td. the oline has no aggressive attitude. i like V and BC but the rest of these guys just suck. BC shouldve been left at LT to develope instead of RG. if V was suppose to be a C then he shouldve been there since ota’s or atleast training camp. cable was moving guys around where they dont belong for nothing. he said we wouldve taken okung or williams if available at LT. then we draft 2 LTs and dont play them there and we’re suppose to believe he will lead this team. maybe jamarcus wasnt the only 1 on the sizzrup.

  • hendu

    Yo Bri-n,youre right.Are you and Norco Bob related? All that matters is the tailgate party, right!Just dont enjoy the BLOWOUTS with this coaching staff,period! That said,I will be looking for you guys Sun mornin. Raiders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!